Fields of Interest
I am currently working on book project regarding television’s influence on postwar cultural theory and philosophy. I have recently published on memes and digital activism, meteorology as a way of conceptualizing media studies, aesthetics of the banal in internet culture, and teaching local television history.
At the University of Washington, I teach courses on digital social media, television theory and history, the cinema of paranoia, media aesthetics, the history of media technologies, media infrastructure, and the theories of media.
I am the author of Cinema Beyond Territory: Inflight Entertainment and Atmospheres of Globalization, which traces the history of cinema in airplanes and argues that cinema and aviation work in concert as instruments of globalization. In previous years, my publications include articles on cinematic exhibition, workplace training films, mobile media, and the confluence of transportation and entertainment technologies in academic journals across disciplines of film studies, media studies, and the history of technology.
- "Digital Graffiti Posters" 1968: Now and Then special issue of Cultural Critique 103 (Spring 2019)
- Stephen Groening, “Teaching Local Television History with Primary Sources” Teaching Media Quarterly 4.3 (June 2017), 3 pages
- Stephen Groening, “Banality and Online Videos” Film Criticism 40.2 (June 2016), 8 pages
- Stephen Groening, “Introduction: The Aesthetics of Online Videos” Film Criticism 40.2 (June 2016), 9 pages
- Stephen Groening, “ ‘No One Likes to Be a Captive Audience’: Headphones and InFlight Cinema” Film History 28.3 (October 2016): 114-138
- Stephen Groening, “Crying While Flying: The Intimacy of Inflight Entertainment” écraNoSphère 1 (February 2014), 17 pages
- Stephen Groening, “Towards a Meteorology of the Media” Transformations 25 (December 2014), 9 pages
- Stephen Groening, Cinema Beyond Territory: Inflight Entertainment and Atmospheres of Globalization. British Film Institute, 2014.
- Stephen Groening, “ ‘An Ugly Phrase for an Unprecedented Condition’: Mobile Privatization and Portable Media” KeyWords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism 11 (2013): 58-74
- Stephen Groening, “Aerial Screens” History and Technology 29.3 (December 2013): 281-303
- Stephen Groening, “‘We Can See Ourselves as Others See Us:’ Women Workers and Western Union’s Training Films in the 1920s” in Useful Cinema, edited by Charles Acland and Haidee Wasson, Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 34-58.
- Stephen Groening, “Automobile TV, the Post-Nuclear Family, and SpongeBob SquarePants” Visual Studies 26 (June 2011): 148-153
- Stephen Groening, “From ‘A Box in the Theater of the World’ to ‘The World as Your Living Room’: Cellular Phones, Television, and Mobile Privatization” New Media and Society 12.8 (December 2010): 1331-1347
- Stephen Groening, “Cynicism and Other Postideological Half Measures in South Park” in Taking South Park Seriously, edited by Jeffrey Weinstock, State University of New York Press, 2008, pp. 113-129.
- Stephen Groening, Television and Collectivity (book project)
- Stephen Groening, The Seattle Television History Project (online history project) depts.washington.edu/sthp